What are you listening two?

fergus
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Seán wrote: Sun Feb 25, 2024 12:10 am
fergus wrote: Mon Feb 19, 2024 12:55 am A wonderful disc of superbly played String Quartets:


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Ah Fergus, welcome back. This has been a very lonely and quiet site for lovers of classical music.

I have had the Quatuor Ebéne recordings for several years and I love them.
Cheers Seán. I hope that you and yours are keeping well.
It is indeed an excellent disc.
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Recently I have been listening to the C. Kleiber version of Verdi's La Traviata at a rate of one act per day


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Last December Paavo Järvi brought the German pianist, Fabian Müller, and the magnificent Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen to the NCH for a concert of music by Beethoven and Joseph Haydn. They performed the First Piano Concerto, and Haydn's 97th and 102nd symphonies. It was a marvellous concert, the performance of the Haydn 102 was really special. This is a great German chamber orchestra. I would dearly love to see them and Järvi again.

I have more than 20 Beethoven symphony cycles in my collection and at present this is the pick of the bunch.
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Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 4

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Paavo Järvi
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fergus wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 4:30 pm Recently I have been listening to the C. Kleiber version of Verdi's La Traviata at a rate of one act per day
I am not especially fond of opera and so I find Verdi's music VERY difficult to listen to. I have Abbado's Verdi box set so it's not the quality of the performances, it's down to me I'm afraid.
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fergus wrote: Sun Feb 25, 2024 1:04 am
Cheers Seán. I hope that you and yours are keeping well.
It is indeed an excellent disc.
We are indeed, thank you. I will retire in July 2024. I'm looking forward to it
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 [Haitink/Concertgebouw Orch.]


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This is a terrifically taut and powerful performance.
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Seán wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 9:54 pm Last December Paavo Järvi brought the German pianist, Fabian Müller, and the magnificent Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen to the NCH for a concert of music by Beethoven and Joseph Haydn. They performed the First Piano Concerto, and Haydn's 97th and 102nd symphonies. It was a marvellous concert, the performance of the Haydn 102 was really special. This is a great German chamber orchestra. I would dearly love to see them and Järvi again.

I have more than 20 Beethoven symphony cycles in my collection and at present this is the pick of the bunch.
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Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 4

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Paavo Järvi
Interesting but I do not know the cycle.
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Seán wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 9:56 pm
fergus wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 4:30 pm Recently I have been listening to the C. Kleiber version of Verdi's La Traviata at a rate of one act per day
I am not especially fond of opera and so I find Verdi's music VERY difficult to listen to. I have Abbado's Verdi box set so it's not the quality of the performances, it's down to me I'm afraid.
I am not particularly fond of most opera myself but I did find this music very accessible, particularly the Final Act. It might be worth listening to the Abbado version of the final act again.
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Seán wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 9:59 pm
fergus wrote: Sun Feb 25, 2024 1:04 am
Cheers Seán. I hope that you and yours are keeping well.
It is indeed an excellent disc.
We are indeed, thank you. I will retire in July 2024. I'm looking forward to it
Best Wishes for that Seán!!
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fergus wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 10:24 pm Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 [Haitink/Concertgebouw Orch.]



This is a terrifically taut and powerful performance.
I agree. That was my very first Shostakovich cd back in 2007 and I was advised by someone on CMG that it wasn’t a good performance I thought otherwise and still do.
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